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You know -- dropping out repair job thing -- -- Michelle Bachmann Ron Paul dominating the Ames straw poll we got ourselves a race.
We have a top tier.
It is Mitt Romney Rick Perry Michelle -- we have a new top tier and it's -- Mitt Romney and -- there's now a top tier.
In this race at least for now Romney Perry and -- I think that's fair to say it really fair to say you're not forgetting I don't know anyone say an ideologically consistent twelve term congressman who came within less than 200 votes winning straw poll.
There's -- genuine gonna give that gentleman a little.
The morning going to give that gentleman a little Jon Stewart's got a point I love my colleagues red -- Chris Wallace but Jon Stewart has a point.
How is that the media can overlook.
Congressman Paul's campaign success last weekend.
Here to answer that is GOP strategist Jack Berkman Jack it's a pleasure threads always welcome back to the show the division -- -- are you surprised.
That even though Ron Paul came within nine tenths of one percentage point.
Of congresswoman Bachmann she first -- second.
That he's not even mentioned by the media as one of the top tier content owners not at all.
This is if ever you know people say the media picks the candidates well this is an example they've this is this is the most grievous and exaggerated example of candidate picking I've ever seen now.
Questions why did they do that.
This is the two party system you know the media has a vested interest in the two party system their contact sure they are there people are there.
It's it's a horse race they present this to the American public which is you know fairly simple simplistic they like a horse race they can.
Sell this July works I remember.
Primary elections and seven -- six and eighty I'm showing my age.
Where governor from a far western state was ignored by the media ignored by the media and ignored by the median called an extremist.
And said He was -- -- until suddenly started when -- -- of course that was Ronald Reagan now somebody everybody reveres even Democrats try and jump on Reagan's coattails don't understand history don't -- see how they can ignore somebody and that might actually gin up well public support there.
-- person doing that with Ron Paul Ron Paul could be a surprise candidate I mean.
Then in -- -- -- to an agreed to a degree with Bachmann as well I mean look it's no secret -- in the media loves -- got -- you've got -- -- these -- -- great looking people it becomes like Access Hollywood and all of it flows together.
This is what the system wants but it -- judge here's the real story here.
When you talk about how the Washington establishment chokes off freedom.
The media is part of that this is -- they do it they choke off third party candidates they choke off guys like Ron Paul.
It's not just the media think of them as part of the powerful Washington establishment.
That wants the people they want it's like the boa constrictor it's the Anaconda -- -- -- every part Ron Paul.
Good television and Ron Paul is good for the media because He says things and sound bites because He challenges.
Accepted norms because He is so unorthodox -- He is so consistent with his values.
Isn't that quote could press isn't that I'll fold it's for the media.
No because it's good for an entity like Fox News -- likes all the right things that is good for certain outlets but the establishment media know because they don't have any time is there.
You think ABC news likes that is CBS news nice to know because if you -- the Ron Paul White House.
They would be seal -- they wouldn't know a person they worried maybe Ron Paul wouldn't have them in the front row.
Anything could have -- -- what will have to happen for the media to Begin talking about.
Ron -- and at some point like the Reagan example they simply cannot state credible -- and ignore it feeds into the broader question of what has to happen for a third party to rise and it's very very difficult he's gonna just have to keep winning he's gonna have to do -- this -- behavior you know He he's leaving his congressional seat he's completely focused.
Raise the most ideologically consistent guy and in the history of dark and all big bar none.
-- a little bit of Ralph Nader in that he's one of the only true believers.
As He and Ralph Nader -- -- are probably the two guys that I've seen up close in American politics are true believers and opposite ends of the spectrum Jack Berkman it's a pleasure thanks for joining us.
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